hellfire and dalmatian

Hellfire and dalmatian.

As I mentioned, Phoebe wanted to be a firefighter for Halloween this year. Her costume turned out to be a cinch. She’d gotten a freebie fire hat at a recent daycare field trip to the firestation, and then our daycare provider had some other firefighter costume gear to lend us. A totally free costume.

Seeing as he doesn’t yet have a say in the matter, I figured I would dress Theo to go along with Phoebe’s firefighter. (As you may have noticed, I’m all about going with themes.) At first, I thought, “Theo can be a fire!” As I thought about the costume, however, I realized that there was a good chance that he would end up looking like a baby on fire. Um…perhaps a tad more disturbing than I had in mind.

So, the plan was to go with a dalmatian (the traditional firehouse dog).

For the pre-Halloween party on Tuesday, I hadn’t managed to get a dalmatian costume together. Theo went as a (very cute, and still black and white spotted) cow, instead. On Wednesday, I stopped by a used children’s store (where they sell used things for children, not actual used children). I had plans to get some white clothes, a white hoodie if possible, to which I would affix black spots, a tail, and some ears.

As it happened, the store had a rack of Halloween costumes. Which were additionally marked down. And there was a dalmatian costume. In Theo’s size. For $4.00. Suddenly, the whole home-made costume idea seemed like it would be a big ordeal.

Apparently, though, I still had a hankering for assembling a Halloween costume, because I decided to put together a costume for myself. I would be the fire to go along with the theme. I wore a red shirt layered over an orange shirt, along with an orange and red swirly-patterned shawl that I happened to have picked up for 1 euro at a Sevilla flea market. I fashioned a hat out of fleece left over from Theo’s carrot costume from last year, and attached flames of red and orange tissue paper to it with staples. (I was in a hurry. I made the hat this afternoon while Theo napped.)

I was quite pleased with the end result, especially considering that I bought nothing new to make my costume.

Of course, wearing this hat around our neighborhood reminded me of something: the fact that I have no dignity.

John, on the other hand, has some. He totally ignored my suggestion of a costume for him. Because you know what would have gone really well with both the firefighter and the dog costumes? A fire hydrant.



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22 thoughts on “hellfire and dalmatian

  1. So totally excellent!! I love you and your flaming self.

    Your line, “I stopped by a used children’s store (where they sell used things for children, not actual used children)” reminded me of a store we used to drive past on the way to my grandmother’s house when I was a kid: The Children’s Exchange. My brother and I used to tell my sister that was the store where we’d found her … and, of course, that we could bring her back if she wasn’t working out for us.

    Isn’t it fun to have siblings?

    Happy Halloween!

  2. Wow! I love all the costumes, as well as the accompanying puns, but I feel compelled to point out that Halloween is not about dignity.
    (That said, I can understand your husband’s refusal to dress as a fire hydrant!)
    In any case, I love your fire costume. It’s creative and original, it fits in with the theme, and it actually turned out beautifully.

  3. $4 dalmation costume? you’d have been stupid to buy stuff and make your own – it would have cost you that, anyways! plus your time! your costume is AWESOME and your shawl? Um, next time you’re in Sevilla would you pick me one up, too? ;) gorgeous.

    great pictures

  4. Love the pun, the costumes, and your hat, for sure! I love Halloween posts …

    In other news, I just caught up on your ‘Money Momentum’ post, and figured I should tell you that I have BEEN on the Kids in the Hall. And also been hit by lightning.

    Also doing NaBloPoMo. We can do it!

  5. I am still laughing at the idea of John being a fire hydrant with Theo as dalmatian. It could have been an active situation. Your title of hell fire and dalmatian is soooooo clever. You know I love titles.
    The trio of you was the best ever combination. I nominate you for the academy of Goblins award highest award.

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